Video of Sligo Town, County Sligo, Republic of Ireland
Sligo (Irish: Sligeach, meaning "shelly place") is the county town and the most populous
urban area in County Sligo, Ireland. With a population of 19,452 in 2011, it is the
second-largest urban centre in the province of Connacht. Sligo is a major economic,
educational, administrative and cultural centre of Ireland's Border Region , a region
of over 500,000 people which comprises the counties of Sligo, Donegal, Leitrim, Cavan,
Monaghan and Louth.
Sligo's Irish name Sligeach - meaning shelly place - allegedly originates in the
abundance of shellfish found in the river and its estuary, and from the extensive
'shell middens' or Stone Age food preparation areas in the vicinity. The river (now
known as the Garavogue 'rough river' ) was also called the Sligeach. The Ordnance
Survey letters of 1836 state that "cart loads of shells were found underground in
many places within the town where houses now stand". At that time shells were constantly
being dug up during the construction of foundations for buildings. This whole area,
from the river estuary at Sligo, around the coast to the river at Ballysadare Bay,
is rich in marine resources which were utilised as far back as the Mesolithic period.
Sligo is a major commercial port on the west coast of Ireland and the country's most
northerly on the Atlantic Ocean. In recent years, Sligo and its surrounding suburbs
have experienced significant economic and population growth; over the last decade,
Sligo was the fastest-growing settlement in the Border Region. The town is a also
one of Ireland's most important tourist destinations, owing mainly to the renowned
natural beauty of the surrounding countryside and its literary and cultural associations,
which include significant ties to writer Spike Milligan and Nobel Prize-winning poet
Sligo town recently highlighted its connections with Goon Show star and writer Spike
Milligan by unveiling a plaque at the former Milligan family home at Number 5 Holborn
Like most of Ireland, Sligo's climate is characterised by high levels of precipitation
and a low level of annual temperature range. However, due to the town's position
in Sligo Bay, it has comparatively lower levels of rainfall and warmer year-round
temperatures than many other settlements on the west coast, such as Galway or Limerick,
despite its northerly location.
Sligo has a variety of independent retail stores and has seen new shopping malls
constructed in the town. The main shopping streets are Wine Street, O'Connell Street,
Gratton Street, Stephen Street, High Street, Market Street and Castle Street.